Entries by katharine

Study Finds Hip Replacement Increases Quality of Life But Not Activity Levels

A new study has revealed that hip replacements improve quality of life, but not activity levels. Published within the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, the results raise concerns over physical behaviour following the procedure. Here, we’ll look at what the study found, and why maintaining mobility is important for best results. Understanding the latest […]

Impact of COVID on NHS Joint Replacement Backlog Made Clear

Researchers have revealed the stark impact that COVID has had on the NHS joint replacement waiting lists. According to new figures, tackling the backlog could take a staggering 10 years. There are currently 160,000 hip and knee replacements delayed due to the pandemic. Here, we’ll look at the ongoing impact COVID is having on the […]

Traditional vs Robotic Joint Replacement

Since its introduction in the 1960s, joint replacement surgery has helped millions of patients regain their mobility. Over the years, technology has enhanced the techniques used to carry out the procedure. Robotic joint replacements are the latest technique used by surgeons around the globe. The question is, how does robotic joint replacement compare to traditional […]

Calls for More Support for Those Waiting for Joint Replacements

The Versus Arthritis charity has called for more support for those awaiting joint replacements. Often left in constant pain, patients need more physical and emotional support while they wait, according to the charity. The ‘Impossible to Ignore’ campaign from Versus Arthritis, includes a six-point support package for patients. This provides invaluable help and support for […]

Understanding and Treating Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

Femoro-acetabular Impingement or FAI is a relatively recently recognised condition; it was initially described by orthopaedic surgeon Dr Reinhold Ganz who described the condition in 2003 and identified it as a likely cause for the development of hip arthritis in later life. The condition affects the junction between the rim of the acetabulum (or hip […]

Living with Chronic Joint Pain

When you are living with chronic pain, life can often seem unbearable. There have been a number of studies carried out recently, looking at the impact the recent lockdowns have had on chronic pain patients. One study, carried out by the University of Liverpool, revealed those living with chronic pain during lockdown have experience increased […]

Does Your Fitness Level Determine Hip Replacement Success?

If you are due to undergo a hip replacement, there are numerous things that can impact its success. A recent study has looked into whether your level of fitness could play a role in how successful a hip replacement will be. Here, we’ll look at what the study found and whether your fitness level could […]

UK Study Finds Osteoporosis Drug Could Halve Revision Hip Replacements

A new UK study has discovered that an osteoporosis drug could help to halve the number of revision hip replacements required. While the majority of hip replacements run smoothly and last for up to 20 years, revisions are sometimes needed. The trouble is this is a major operation that carries significant risks. Therefore, anything that […]